Something bothered me about yesterday’s penguin picture, and it took me until a fresh look at it tonight to figure out what that was: There’s too much stuff around the edges. The penguins are the focus of the picture, and should be to the exclusion of all else. It was time for a tighter crop.
This does two things: First, it concentrates on only the penguins. The environment is secondary. Second, it highlights the smaller penguins on the lower shelf in a way I hadn’t seen before I cropped down. They look like little Lemmings, all lined up and ready to go, but each with a slightly different personality.
Sure, maybe I’ve been looking at this picture and am starting to see things, but I like it more this way. It’s a bit of a jumble up at the top, but I had to cut off the back row of penguins, because otherwise you added more elements to the picture that were distracting.
What do you think? Is this one better?